Friday, June 27, 2008

Ellie Elephant

I discovered High Hopes Stamps a couple months ago and had to order some of their adorable images. Meet Ellie Elephant. She was the special last month. They have a special every month, but the stamps are still available. You just get a discount when they are the special. High Hopes Stamps is in Canada, but shipping was very reasonable and Tina (the owner) is a sweetheart to deal with! I got my stamps as just the rubber so I could use my current mounting system for unmounted stamps (Alene's Tack it Over and Over).

I did a lot of masking with my images. I stamped the single peanut and the peanut bag. Then, I masked them and stamped Ellie. Then, I cut my image out and put it on the vanilla cardstock. I distressed the edges of my cardstock and patterned papers using an edge distressor and then sewed the layers together. I made holes in my image panel to thread my twill through and then assembled the layers. Last, I added buttons and flowers with dew drops in their centers.

I received thie Kreativ Award from Adela Rossol. Thank you so much Adela! You are so sweet!

Have a great day!


Stamps: Oops Ellie, Bag of Peanuts, Can't Believe, Single Peanut (High Hopes Stamps)

Cardstock: very vanilla, cameo coral (SU!), white (Papertrey Ink)

Patterned Paper: Tres Jolie (My Mind's Eye)

Ink: Noir (Palette)

Accents: green twill, buttons, flowers (Prima), dew drops (Robin's Nest)

Tools: copic markers, sewing machine, slot tool (Making Memories), edge distressor

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Papertrey Blog Hop: Transparencies

I can't believe it's already the 25th of June!! It's time again for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop. This month's challenge is to use transparencies. I love using transparencies, but they can be challenging sometimes. I can not wait to see what everyone came up with!!

The first thing I decided to created was transparency flowers. I stamped the flowers (from Beautiful Blooms) on transparencies and heat set. Then, I sprayed them using my copic markers and air compressor. I like how the color gradually gets lighter towards the end of the petals. After they were dry, I cut them out and set them aside to use on my card.

I started my card by making my card base from kraft cardstock. Then, I random stamped my patterned paper using one of the smaller flowers in the Beautiful Blooms set. I cut it to fit my card and matted it with black cardstock. Then, I punched my lace border on the lavender moon cardstock using a Martha Stewart punch. (It does not punch well through the PTI cardstock. I thought I was going to break it!) I added the cardstocks and patterned papers to my card. Then, I stamped my sentiment in the corner and added the flowers. Last, I stamped the polka dot flower centers, punched them out, and added them to my flower centers.

The second thing I wanted to create was an acetate nugget box. I created my template first and then cut it out of acetate (transparency). I included the template below. I assembled my box and then, stamped my nuggets. I stamped my tag and then punched it out. I punched a hole for my eyelet, set it, and threaded the tag with white floss. Last, I tied a red ribbon around my box and attached the tag.

I was definitely thinking of the upcoming holiday when I made these. I love how the stamps are all separate in the Limitless Labels stamp set because it makes it so easy to stamp each color.

The box would definitely be more sturdy made out of cardstock, but I love it made out of acetate so you can see the nuggets inside.

Here is the template for my nugget box. Measure and cut it out. Then, score all the lines and cut the dotted lines. When I was scoring my transparency, I first scored it while it was on top of my template so I could see where I need to score. Then, I scored all the lines again and folded them over and creased them to make them nice and crisp. I secured the flaps using glue dots.

I can't wait to see everyone's creations!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Recipe for card

Stamps: Beautiful Blooms (Papertrey Ink)

Cardstock: kraft, lavender moon, white (Papertery Ink), black (SU!)

Ink: noir (Palette), lavender moon (Papertrey Ink)

Tools: transparencies, copic marker, air brush system, circle punch, border punch (Martha Stewart), heat gun

Recipe for Nugget Box

Stamps: Limitless Labels, Borders and Corners: Circles, Mixed Messages (Papertrey Ink)

Cardstock: white (Papertrey Ink)

Ink: Noir, L'Amore Red, Starry Night (Palette)

Accents: red satin ribbon (Target), silver eyelet, white floss

Tools: scorepal, circle punch, crop-a-dile

Sunday, June 22, 2008

iron on transfer info

I had quite a few questions about stamping and using iron on transfers on fabric on my towel set and on the set of t-shirts I made for my kids. Here is the info I posted on a previous post:

"Some tips for using stamps with iron ons:

I stamped the image on iron on transfer using Palette ink (since it works with fabric). I let them set over night to make sure the ink was dry and then lightly colored with copic markers. No blending because it will start to gum up the marker and the sticky on the iron on. (Make sure you clean your marker afterwards because it will have a little residue. Just scribble on scrap paper.) Then, iron it on."

I got my iron on transfers at a small, local craft store. The brand I used are Transfer Magic by Hanes. You can get iron on transfers at most craft stores and even at Walmart. They are the kind that you can run through your printer to make custom designs.

I first learned about this technique last month when Alli Miles posted about it on her blog. That link will take you to her original tutorial. Later, she answered some questions here.

I have not washed the t-shirts or towels I made yet, but Alli has lots of information on her blog post where she answered questions about everything from what to color with to washing.

Hope that helps and I would love to see what you make!! Have a great day!

Friday, June 20, 2008

School Riley

Okay, I'm not sure yet if this is Riley or Sophie because it could easily work for either. I inked the edges of the kraft cardstock. The folder was made using a coluzzle template.

Last card for tonight and I am pooped from posting here, posting in the gallery, and trying to keep up with the party! Any questions, please ask.

Have a great night!

Stamps: School Riley (Hanna Stamps), Limitless Labels (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: white, kraft (Papertrey Ink), blue bayou (SU!)
Ink: noir (Palette), linen (Ranger)
Patterned Paper: Boxer (Basic Grey)
Accents: copper brads and photo turns
Tools: copic markers, nestability die, coluzzle file folder template

Baby Moose

There are 20 new Riley and Sophie stamps releasing tonight at Hanna Stamps. I didn't get a chance yet to stamp with all of them, but they are all super cute! I will have more over the next couple weeks, but I have to share the baby moose and Expecting Sophie moose.

This card is for the 5 challenge at the PJ party. The challenge was too be inspired by some pajamas. I used the pajama colors for my card. This is Baby Stroller Moose. Isn't that little moose peeking out of the stroller just too cute!! The binky charm is from the Hanna Stamps store. Kristi has lots of great charms that are perfect for cards. The buttons are button brads. They are so cute (made by Making Memories). And I finally got a Threading Water punch! I love scallops so I had to look for this punch when I was visiting my sister a couple weeks ago.

I've never seen a pregnant moose, but I bet they aren't quite as cute as Expecting Sophie! lol I stamped Sophie and colored her. Then, I stamped her on patterned paper and cut our her dress. I paper pieced it on Sophie and then cut out my moose and popped her up on the image panel. I added some fibers, a tag, and paper piecing to finish off my card.

Meet Baby Moose. So cute and it can be a boy or a girl. I wanted to make a card that was a different shape and could be used as an announcement or a congratulations card. I cut my cardstock 4 1/4 by 11 and scored it at just barely under 4 1/2 inches and 9 inches. Then, I added patterned paper and my baby moose. I cut my sentiment tag using a nestability ribbon tag die. While it was still in the die, I sprayed it with a copic marker using my air compressor. When I removed it from the die, I was left with a white border. Then, I stamped my sentiment and added it to my card using a pink ribbon.

Here you can see where the flap folds up.

And here is the bottom flap folded down. You could easily add details for a new addition to your family with a photo on one of the flaps or congrats on the birth of a new baby.

One more card to share tonight. I am getting worn out!! lol

Recipe for first card
Stamps: Baby Stroller Moose (Hanna Stamps), Bitty Baby Blessings (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: noir (Palette)
Cardstock: white (Papertrey Ink), vanilla (SU!)
Patterned Paper: Lily Kate (Basic Grey)
Accents: blue ribbon, binky charm, button brads (Making Memories)
Tools: copic markers, threading water punch, nestability die

Recipe for second card
Stamps: Expecting Sophie (Hanna Stamps), Favor it Baby (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: noir (Palette)
Cardstock: white, spring moss (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Bitty Baby Blessings (Papertrey Ink)
Accents: fibers
Tools: copic markers, hole punch, nestability tag and square dies, paper piercer

Recipe for third card
Stamps: Baby Moose (Hanna Stamps), Bitty Baby Blessings (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: white, sweet blush (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Lily Kate (Basic Grey)
Accents: sweet blush satin ribbon (Papertrey Ink)
Tools: copic markers, nestability dies, scorepal

Santa Riley and Turkey Riley

If you're a new subscriber or one who's been here before, I just want to let you know this isn't the norm for me to post this many times in one night. We're having the PJ party over in the Hanna Stamps forum and no one knew about the release of the new Rileys and Sophies until it was announced tonight at the party. That's why everything is being posted at once. Normally, the posts would be spread out. Sorry, they're all being posted at once!!

The next challenge is to use something fuzzy on your card. I knew I wanted to flock Santa Riley's beard and hat so this one was easy. Isn't he cute?!

Adding flock to an image is super easy. Just add some type of adhesive (I used a Sakura glue pen). Press the fun flock down into the glue really well after you sprinkle it on and let it dry. Then, tap the excess flock off.

Here's a close up so you can see his fuzzy beard and hat. I also added stickles to the snowflakes.

The fourth challenge is to use two punches. I used the Designer Label punch from SU! with a circle punch. Turkey Riley is another of the new Rileys being released tonight.

Stamps: Turkey Riley, Santa Riley (Hanna Stamps), Holiday Wishes, Limitless Labels (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: white (Papertrey Ink), real red, soft sky (SU!)
Patterned Paper: Figgy Pudding (Basic Grey), Fall Flowers (SU!)
Accents: red satin ribbon (Target), copper brads, stickles (Ranger), fun flock
Tools: copic markers, Designer Label punch, circle punch, nestability dies, glue pen (Sakura)

Super Moose

The second challenge tonight at the PJ party is to use stars. Super Moose to the rescue!! HA HA HA

Everything is very straight forward. If you have questions, please ask. Sorry for the flood of posts. I'm trying to keep up at the party and am getting behind.

Stamps: Super Moose (
Hanna Stamps), Limitless Labels (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: noir (Palette)
Cardstock: white (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Boxer (Basic Grey)
Accents: red ribbon
Tools: copic markers, nestability star and rectangle dies, dimensional glaze

Baking Riley

When I saw the new Baking Riley, I knew I wanted to create a set of towels that could be given as a gift. I stamped Riley on iron on transfers and colored him with copic markers. After I iron the image on the towels, I created a simple band. I matted the blue patterned paper with white cardstock to create a band. Then, I cut a scalloped oval out and stamped the sentiment and ovals dots. I punched a hole in each end of the oval to thread my ribbon through and tied the bow.

Some tips for using stamps with iron ons:

I stamped the image on iron on transfer using Palette ink (since it works with fabric). I let them set over night to make sure the ink was dry and then lightly colored with copic markers. No blending because it will start to gum up the marker and the sticky on the iron on. (Make sure you clean your marker afterwards because it will have a little residue. Just scribble on scrap paper.) Then, iron it on.

A close up of Baking Riley. (The new Rileys and Sophies will be available tonight)

Edited to Add: I answered questions and gave some great links on this post.

Stamps: Baking Riley (Hanna Stamps), Holiday Wishes, Borders and Corners: Ovals (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: white
Patterned Paper: blue bayou (SU!)

Ink: noir (Palette)
Accents: brown ribbon
Tools: copic markers, iron on transfers, nestabilities, hole punch

Other: flour sack towels

Party Time

Hi Everyone! It's party time over at the Hanna Stamps Forum! Kristi and the design team have lots of fun things and some surprises planned. Kristi is giving away lots of prizes, too!

Look who's making another appearance at Hanna Stamps! Riley and Sophie are back and as adorable as ever!

The first challenge tonight is to make a card in the colors of your bedroom. My bedroom has boring white walls and blue curtains. Seriously, we need to paint some day!

I used Snowman Riley for for card since snow cards are great in blue and white. Most of it is pretty straight forward. I added stickles and jewels to the snowflakes.

Lots more cards and a couple other creations to share tonight! See you at the party!

Stamps: Snowman Riley (Hanna Stamps)
Cardstock: white (Papertrey Ink), vanilla (SU!), blue (DCWV)
Patterned Paper: DCWV
Ink: white (dew drop), black graphite (Brilliance)
Accents: ribbon (craft supply), chipboard snowflakes (American Crafts), stickles (Ranger), jewels
Tools: nestability die, copic markers, slot tool (Making Memories)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Did you happen . . .

Did you happen to read Nichole's blog this evening? I was invited to join the Papertrey Ink Design Team!!!! I don't even know where to begin to say how elated and excited I am. I think I may still be in shock a little bit, too. When Nichole told me she wanted to talk to me on the phone, I immediately got butterflies in my stomach. My 4 year old informed me that I was crazy when I kept jumping up and down after I got off the phone with Nichole. I have been dreaming of this opportunity for months and can't believe I am being given this amazing opportunity. Thank you so much, Nichole, Julie, Jane, and Rick!!!!

Congratulations to Michelle Wooderson and Dawn McVey who also joined the team! Congratulations also to Lynn, Jenn, and Lauren on their promotions!! I know you will all be amazing in your new positions!

Taylor, I will miss you on the PTI team, but wish you all the best on your new path and can't wait to see what your new endeavors are!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Ahoy Little Sailor

I love the colors red, white, and aqua mist together. I think they just looking striking together. I was playing with the Bitty Baby Blessings stamp set when I first received it and stamped the onesie and added a boat to it. I wanted to go with an aqua mist color since it was for a boy so I found a copic color that matched well. (Sorry, I did not write down what color it was and it was quite a while ago that I colored this image.)

Then, this past week, I decided to take my image and create a card. I used a 2 inch piece of patterned paper and matted it with red cardstock. Then, I pierced holes across the top and bottom. I cut mats for my image and pierced holes in the aqua mist layer. I set my image on the patterned paper so I would know where to stamp the sentiment. Then, I added three red brads and adhered everything to my card.

Stamps: Bitty Baby Blessings (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: noir (Palette), black (Momento)
Cardstock: white, aqua mist (Papertrey Ink), real red (SU!)
Patterned Paper: Everyday Blessings (Papertrey Ink)
Accents: red brads
Tools: copic markers, nestability dies, paper piercer

Monday, June 16, 2008

Baby Binky Bag

I found this great patterned book (Winsome Baby by Nancy Halvorsen) with lots of baby things and decided to make a binky bag. No laughing at my stitching around the applique!! I don't recommend the first time you sew a bag for it to be this small!! I definitely need some practice, but it turned out pretty cute anyway.

I love using the iron ons on fabric and since I learned I could stamp on them and color then with copic markers, I can't seem to stop! I stamped the boat from Bitty Baby Blessings on an iron on transfer, colored it with copic markers, cut it out, and iron it onto a piece of white cloth. Then, I created my bag using the pattern in the book.

After I made the binky bag, I needed a little 3x3 card to go with it. I stamped the boat on white cardstock and cut it out using a nestability die. I colored it with copic markers and then masked the boat and sprayed the background using an air compressor. I did this while the cardstock circle was still in the die. This left me with a white bordered when I removed the die. I added a soft sky mat, ribbon, and a sentiment to complete my card.

Have a great day!

Stamps: Bitty Baby Blessings (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: noir (Palette)
Cardstock: white (Papetrey Ink), soft sky (SU!)
Accents: soft sky ribbon (SU!)
Tools: nestability dies, copic markers, air compressor, iron on transfer
Other: fabric, sewing machine, blue thread, pattern book

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Baby Coaster Album

Did you make it to the Papertrey release party last night? It was so much fun. I love getting to chat with everyone and the excitement over the release. And to top it off, I won the "I want it all" random giveaway on Nichole's blog! I am on cloud nine! So exciting!

Another of the projects I made for the Papertrey Guest Star Stamper contest was this baby coaster album. I love making coaster albums so I had to make a baby one. There are some things that I did with each page so I'll go through that first and then I can just talk about each page.

For each page, I started out by adhering my patterned paper to the coasters and trimming the edges. I used a sanding block to smooth the corners and edges. I punched the holes for the binding using the bind-it-all. I cut some squares for photo mats, rounded the corners and stitched around the edges.

After I assembled the album, I added ribbons to the coils. Now, for the details on each page.

On the cover, I inked some white chipboard stars with lavender moon ink, added stickles to them and set them aside to dry. I created the moon using 2 different size circle punches and inked the edges with lemon tart ink. I stamped the sentiment and then when everything was dry, I assembled the front cover.
I added ribbon to the left photo mat before sewing around the edges. On the right hand mat, I added the sentiment and then stamped the baby carriage on a separate piece of paper. I cut it out and embossed it with a nestability die. Then, I colored it with copic markers. I added the scalloped mat and dimensional glaze to the circles on the image. I assembled everything and added buttons to the corners

On the left hand mat, I added twill, a sentiment, and the bunny before adhering it to the album. On the right hand page, I added the mat. Then, I stamped the bunny on spring moss cardstock and again on white cardstock. I cut out the tail and added it to my green bunny. Then, I added fun flock to his body and liquid pearl to his nose, cut him out and adhered him to the mat. Last, I added some buttons to the corner.

Starting with the left hand mat, I adhered it to the album and then stamped the sentiment. Then, I stamped the onesie on a separate piece of cardstock. I colored it with copic markers, cut it out, and added it to my mat. Now, on the right hand mat, I added the lavender moon ribbon before adhering my mat to my album. Then, I stamped the duck on a piece of white cardstock. I colored it with copic markers and added fun flock before cutting it out and adding it to my mat . Last, I added some buttons in the corner.

For the back cover, I added lavender moon ribbon to the mat and stamped the sentiment before adhering it to the back cover. I punched some holes in a chipboard heart and added some yarn before adhering it to the mat. I love this sentiment from Out on a Limb and it is perfect for a baby album.

I think this is definitely my favorite of the creations I made for the contest. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Bitty Baby Blessings, Out on a Limb (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: white, lavender moon, spring moss, lemon tart (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Bitty Baby Blessings (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: noir (Palette), tuxedo black (Momento), lavender moon, lemon tart (Papertrey Ink)
Accents: chipboard heart (Heidi Grace), chipboard stars, lavender moon satin ribbon, lavender moon swiss dots ribbon, spring moss twill, spring moss swiss dots ribbon (Papertrey Ink), buttons (Lasting Impressions)
Tools: bind-it-all, sewing machine, sanding block, copic markers, fun flock, liquid pearl, nestability dies, dimensional glaze, circle punches, sponge daubers
Other: 4 inch chipboard coasters

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Papertrey Baby Blanket Gift Set

One of the categories for the Papertrey Guest Star Stamper contest this month is baby gifts. I love the Bitty Baby Blessings stamp set so it got a lot of use for my entries. I decided to make a baby blanket gift ensemble as one of my entries this month. (Sorry some of the photos are a little blurry. I don't know why blogger is uploading them like that. They aren't blurry in the PTI gallery or on my computer. The sentiment on the card says "Welcome Little One.")

I stamped the duck and boat images on iron on transfers and colored them with copic markers before ironing them on the blankets (the small type you swaddle a baby with). I love being able to do this! Thanks so much, Alli, for the tutorial last month about it.

I created my patterned paper by random stamping the small boat and duck stamps and coloring them with copic markers. It took quite a while to stamp all those small images and color them, but I like how it turned out.

I cut a small strip of my patterned paper for the bag and matted it with red and blue cardstock before adding it to the bag. Then, I threaded some buttons and added them randomly. I cut a tag using a spellbinders die, added some thread to it, and hung it from one of the buttons. I used one of the Papertrey coffee bags with the windows because I thought it would be neat to have the designs on the blankets peeking out through the window of the bag.

For my card, I cut my patterned paper and stitched it to resemble a baby quilt. I matted it with red and blue cardstock. Then, I added my sentiment, ribbon, and brads to my patterned paper before adding it my card. Last, I threaded more buttons and added them randomly. (Again the sentiment is not blurry in real life just in this photo. Blogger doesn't seem to like this card. )

Here's a close up of the baby blankets. Remember you can click on any of the photos if you want to see a larger photo with more detail.

Tonight's the night of the release party. I can't believe it's already the middle of June. I can't wait to see all the GSS entries and see the design team creations with the new sets. Hope to see you at the party!!

Stamps: Bitty Baby Blessings (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: black (Momento), noir (Palette)
Cardstock: white (Papertrey Ink), real red, ballet blue (SU!)
Accents: red buttons (Lasting Impressions), blue ribbon, yellow brads
Tools: iron on transfers, copic markers, spellbinders dies
Other: thread, baby blankets, large kraft coffee bag (Papertrey Ink)

Friday, June 13, 2008

Hanna Sketch Challenge

It's my turn to host the Hanna Stamps Challenge this week. I decided that it would be fun to do a sketch challenge. You can see the challenge here and use the keywords HSC21 when you upload to SCS. Can't wait to see your cards!

I just got a new air compressor to use with my copic markers and I couldn't wait to use it. I started my card by stamping Riley and cutting out my circle. I colored Riley and then created a mask to put over my image. I used my air compressor to spray the sky and water. I LOVE it!! It was expensive, but I can see I am going to be getting a lot of use out of it.

This card may look somewhat familiar. I used the same sketch and similar patterned paper on this card. I just liked how it turned out and decided to use the sketch for the Hanna Challenge.

I added dimensional glaze to the dots on the inner tube and the water drops. The rest of the card is pretty straight forward. Let me know if you have any questions about something.

Here's the sketch for this week's challenge. I hope you join us. Can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Stamps: Swimmer Riley (
Hanna Stamps), Mixed Messages (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: black (Momento)
Cardstock: classic orange, vibrant teal, spring willow dark (Prism)
Patterned Paper: Tres Jolie (My Mind's Eye)
Accents: olive stitched ribbon, dew drops (Robin's Nest)
Tools: copic markers, air compressor, nestability dies, ticket corner punch (SU!), embossing folder